Manchester United 'unprofessional' in Moyes sacking, says LMA chief

With widespread reports about the Scot's imminent demise on Monday before the decision was confirmed on Tuesday, Richard Bevan argues that the club handled the situation poorly
The chief executive of the League Managers Association, Richard Bevan, has criticised the "unprofessional manner" in which Manchester United handled the sacking of David Moyes.

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The departing manager thanked fans for their support in a statement via the LMA on Wednesday, having been jettisoned after presiding over a disastrous 10 months in which the Red Devils failed to qualify for the Champions League and are guaranteed their lowest-ever Premier League points total.

In his own statement, Bevan wrote: "The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David's departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David's sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club.

"Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition.

"It is therefore sad to see the end of David's tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner."

Ryan Giggs has been put in interim charge at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal "very keen" to take the job on a permanent basis when he steps down from Netherlands in the summer.